Agricultural Pesticides and Cancer Risk: Exploring the Connection



    Canadian Cancer Society Hosts State of the Science Conference

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Experts from around the world will lead
discussions on the cancer risks of pesticides used on agricultural crops, at a
ground-breaking conference organized and hosted by the Canadian Cancer
Society.
    Exploring the Connection - A State of the Science Conference on
Pesticides and Cancer will take place November 12-13 in Toronto.
    "This conference will be an important first step in setting the agenda
for future research and action in this area," says Heather Logan, Director,
Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer Society.
    Experts from world renowned organizations - such as the International
Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization and the U.S. National
Cancer Institute - will be participating. Presentations include:

    
      -  The state of the science about pesticide exposure and cancer risk
         for:

         -  agricultural workers (occupational exposure): Aaron Blair, U.S.
            National Cancer Institute
         -  adult non-occupational exposure (people living near sprayed
            fields, residue on fruit and vegetables): Mary Ward, U.S.
            National Cancer Institute
         -  children: Peggy Reynolds, Northern California Cancer Center

    -  the rationale of pesticide use in agricultural and other non-cosmetic
       settings: Gerald Stephenson, University of Guelph
    -  weighing and expressing scientific evidence: Barry Kramer, U.S.
       National Cancer Institute
    -  limitations of environmental exposure research: Vincent Cogliano,
       International Agency for Research on Cancer
    -  the Children's Environmental Health Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) and
       policies to reduce children's pesticide exposure: Lucianne Licari, WHO
       Europe, CEHAPE Coordinator
    -  organic farming: Andrew Hammermeister, Organic Agriculture Centre of
       Canada
    

    "It's shaping up to be an exciting and informative conference," says Dawn
Binns, Executive Director, PEI Division, Canadian Cancer Society. "We are
committed to further understanding this important topic."
    The conference will take place at the Marriott Toronto Bloor Yorkville
Hotel.
    For more information about the conference:
www.cancer.ca/pesticidesconference

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community based organization
whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality
of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer,
visit our website at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer
Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    Media are invited to the conference.




For further information:

For further information: Alexa Giorgi, Bilingual Communications
Specialist, (416) 934-5681


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